Richard Branson vs. Elon Musk … Is Virgin Going to Compete with Electric Cars??

Richard Branson is a man of many different interests. He’s a pioneer that’s been successfully involved in building planes, trains, and everything in between. Out of everything on his resume, though, it seems that Branson’s work in building up Virgin Galactic– the world’s first commercial spacecraft company– has been bringing him the most attention recently.

Richard Branson.Maybe, that’s because, you know, space travel is just ridiculously bad ass… or maybe, it’s because that’s an arena where he goes head-to-head against his new arch rival– Elon Musk.

Debate can go on and on about who’s side you’re on, but it does appear that Musk is currently winning this little rivalry as Musk’s SpaceX company has much more distinguishable accomplishments, including:

  • Producing the first privately funded, liquid-fueled rocket to reach orbit back in 2008
  • Being the first privately funded company to successfully launch, orbit, and recover a spacecraft
  • Being the first private company to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station

Of course, just because Musk is dominating doesn’t mean that we should write this competition off completely. That’s because within every rivalry, there must be a lead wolf (Musk) and an underdog (Branson). Then, if you want an even bigger battle, there’s got to be a little shit talking thrown on top of the heap.

Fortunately for all of us, Musk has provided that. Check out this little zing Musk provided to Management Today in regards to Branson’s space ambitions; “He did name his firm Virgin Galactic. That’s pretty big. It’s a bit like your name is giant and you‘re actually quite small. I like Richard and I think he’s doing some cool things. But technology is not really his whack you know. But once the technology’s developed in terms of operating it in a way that people really like, I think he’s quite good at that.”

Now, we’re sure Branson’s been hearing all of this noise, but in true underdog fashion, he hasn’t let it deter him at all.

bran3In fact, earlier this week in Miami, Branson was busy with his Virgin Racing team, competing in an all-electric Formula E race. During the event, Branson dropped a new bomb on us, saying…

“We have teams of people working on electric cars. So you never know—you may find Virgin competing with the Tesla in the car business as we do in the space business. We will see what happens.”

That’s right; it looks like Branson might be coming for Elon Musk in a new arena– electric cars. And true to form, he will once again be the underdog, considering Tesla is just about the greatest automotive startup in the LAST 100 YEARS. Good luck to you Mr. Branson; you’re going to need it.

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